Cory & Kristine Cramer
Shiloh, Taliah and Jude
serving in Albania
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Cory and Kristine knew they wanted to be a part of God’s work in Eastern Europe when they heard a message on the Great Commission during chapel at the Master’s College in 2011. In Eastern Europe, less than 1% of people know Christ. This immense and immediate need, led the Cramers to take their first steps toward Albania. After years of serving in their churches in student ministries (Cory at ACC and Kristine at Grace Church of the Valley in Central California), Cory and Kristine had grown to share a passion for discipleship, the local church and God’s global mission. In 2011 they graduated with degrees in Biblical Studies and continued walking through open doors. In 2012 they led a team to Albania and hosted an English Camp for youth. It was during this camp that God gave Cory and Kristine a love for Albania, the young people, the culture, and a heart to see Albanians find salvation in Jesus Christ. Cory and Kristine are now planting a church alongside a national pastor in southern Albania in the city of Pogradec. This team hopes to build a church that will bring many to saving faith in Jesus and result in a transformed generation for their church and country.
God bless you on this day of worship! We praise the Lord for giving us fellowship through His Son today even as we are so far away.
For those of you who may not know, we work with a church plant in the city of Pogradec, Albania. As we approach our 4th anniversary of living in Albania, my wife Kristine and I cannot believe all the lives we have seen transformed and how the Lord has grown the church here. After years of growth, moving from location to location, our church has found a permanent home in the center of our city. This happened because of your generosity and partnership. This church now has room, not only for larger services, but space for ministries to serve the church and the community here. Construction is under way and we hope to start services there this summer.
This year has been a year of spiritual growth and depth. Our entire team has been in country the whole year and so our ability to do more Bible Studies, discipleship and planning has given us more good fruit. As I prepare to preach the final message from our Sermon on the Mount series, we are praying for more people to enter the narrow path and make Christ their Savior.
This summer we will welcome two teams from Alderwood. It is my prayer that this summer we would have greater evangelism than any summer before. More short-term missionaries are coming, more nationals are taking part in the Great Commission and our experience has given us more wisdom reaching the lost. Please pray for all those coming from ACC to serve in Albania this summer.
Our family is growing way too fast. Our oldest Shiloh (4), is in preschool and learning Albanian simply by hearing it every day. We are so proud of her bravery to walk into a room where she couldn’t understand a word. But I am sure within time she will be teaching me. Taliah (3) starts preschool this June...suddenly we have two big girls! Jude (1) is growing, walking, and becoming less baby, more boy. Our kids are the best, and like most parents, we are obsessed with them. We love and miss you, and plan to be with you in early October. Pray for the Church of Pogradec as we celebrate with you today!